Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software

by Linda Olson July 1, 2016, 1:14

The company had accepted suggestions from the public on what to name the OS and announced its decision on Snapchat and Twitter today.

Google has finally revealed the name for its next version of Android: Nougat.

Beyond the name and other surprises surrounding Thursday's announcement of Google's next Android operating system, the new OS has an unenviable task of keeping users hooked and competing with Apple. The HTC One A9 launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board in a time when only few smartphones outside of Google's Nexus series were running it. From India, many Android fans had suggested that the Android N should be named after Nan Khatai or Nayappam.

Sorry Nutella lovers, Google has gone with Nougat as the name for the next version of Android.

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Another thing Google conveniently forgot to mention during the Android Nougat event was the official release date for their new operating system. The final release will come sometime during the third quarter of this year.

Therefore, the final release of Android N is widely expected anywhere in fall 2016. This was a clear departure from previous practice where upcoming versions of Android OS were released at Google I/O, its annual developer conference. We would've even taken "New York Cheesecake, ' for the heck of it".

Some developers have already been playing around with an early version of Nougat. Last year, Marshmallow reached unlocked HTC One M9 units in late December, so we know that it's possible.

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